iOS 16 & 16.5 Problems and Bugs Tracker: How to Fix Them?

Apple announced its new versions of iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS at WWDC 2022 (Worldwide Developer Conference). iOS 16 is the latest iOS version announced at the same event. Now, the stable iOS 16 Update is rolling out to eligible iPhones.

With every new version of iOS, we encounter several bugs, too. These issues are very common in the beta release but often persist in the stable or official release. For reference, we faced several bugs in iOS 15 last year, which made iOS 15 very buggy. Several users reported many bugs, including rapid battery drain, frequent app crashes, connectivity issues, etc. Let’s look at common problems we might face with the upcoming iOS 16.

List of All iOS 16.5 Bugs

iOS 16.5 is now available. We have started collecting user-reported issues.

  • Continuous notifications for HomeKit users.
  • The Apple Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter’ fails to charge.
  • iOS 16.5 is causing battery drain issues.
  • CarPlay in iOS 16.5 affects skip forward and volume buttons.
  • Wi-Fi gets disconnected automatically.

If you are facing any other bugs, please write in the comment section or tag us on Twitter @dealntech. We will add it here.

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List of All iOS 16.3.1 Bugs

iOS 16.3.1 is now available. The update includes multiple bug fixes, such as unresponsive Cloud settings, Siri requests, and Crash Detection optimization. You can see all user-reported iOS 16.3.1 problems below.

List of All iOS 16.2 Bugs

Apple released iOS 16.2 on December 13 as the second major iOS 16 operating system update. It brings several new features, including the freeform app, Apple Music Sing, Advanced Data Protection for iCloud, SharePlay support in Game Center, and Live Activities for the Apple TV app. The update also includes several improvements and bug fixes. You can see all user-reported iOS 16.2 problems below.

  • Apple CarPlay Shows “Spotify is Offline.”
  • AirPods Case Shows 0% Battery.
  • AirDrop isn’t functioning correctly.
  • YouTube Something Went Wrong Issue.
  • The call automatically switches to the speaker and mute.
  • Horizontal lines appear on the screen for some users.
  • Battery Drain issue after installing iOS 16.2 RC Beta.
  • Blank Widgets.
  • Blank wallpapers on the home and lock screen.
  • Wi-Fi disconnection problem.
  • Apple Music Sing is not available (Fixed)
  • The app crashes and freezes.
  • Issues with cellular data and signal reception.

Read: Should You Update to iOS 16.2?

List of All iOS 16.1 Bugs

iOS 16.1 stable version was released on October 24. The update includes several bug fixes. However, new issues have appeared for several iPhone users. You can see all user-reported iOS 16.1 problems here.

  • Users are facing battery drain issues after updating to iOS 16.1, especially with the iPhone 13 series.
  • On iPhone, selecting Highlight or copying the contents of the image description pop-up is impossible.
  • Users are experiencing a weird bug in iOS 16.1 where the alarm icon shows up even when no alarms are set.
  • iOS 16.1 Wi-Fi Bug: Users are unable to cannot use Wi-Fi at all. The connection is unstable, disconnects constantly, and experiences extremely slow speeds when connected.
  • Several users are reporting problems with using Face ID after updating to iOS 16.1

List of All iOS 16 Bugs

1. App Crash Issue: iPhone users are encountering an app crash issue after installing iOS 16. It should be noted if your TikTok app has crashed on an iPhone running iOS 16, then do not worry, as this is a global issue. It will be fixed soon.

2. Scrolling Bug: iPhone X Devices running iOS 16 are facing scrolling issues. Scrolling is not working properly unless you use two fingers.

3. Unable to Update Apps: There is an issue accepting T&Cs in the App Store on iOS 16. Users are getting the “There was an error. Please try later” error.

4. Lock Screen Widget Issue: An iOS 16 bug affects all third-party Lock Screen widgets. To fix the issue, navigate to the Settings app> General> Language & Region. Now, toggle your temperature settings back and forth, and then you should be all set.

5. Battery Drain Issue: Several iPhone users are complaining about severe battery drain. It should be noted that battery drain after an iOS upgrade is normal as your device re-indexes apps and data. The issue usually resolves itself within 48 hours.

6. Bug on apps and games: There is a bug with the system’s three-finger gestures affecting gameplay. You can read a game developer’s tweet here.

7. Screen: Some iPhone Users are Facing Screen Flickering problems.

8. HDMI: iOS 16 breaks the HDMI functionality for some iPhone users.

9. Wallpaper: The depth Effect is not working.

10. Weather App: The other recent bug in the list is the weather application not providing accurate information. Many users have reported that the weather app on iOS 16 is inaccurate in forecasting weather and temperature. It also crashes whenever new locations are added.

11. Other Bugs: Camera issue of shaking and vibrating, Excessive copy/paste permission prompts, Display appearing entirely black, Unavailable VoiceOver, and Unresponsive touch input. To fix all these bugs, update your iPhone to iOS 16.0.2 version.

iOS 16 Problems with Solutions

The iOS 15 is known to be the most unstable iOS update of all time. We might get a similar unstable experience with iOS 16. We may encounter the following common problems.

1. iOS 16 Rapid Battery Drain

Battery drain has been an issue on iOS for a long time. Battery draining is caused by inefficient battery usage and a lack of optimization for Apps. This issue is not minor and could be a big problem for many users.

iOS 15 faced a rapid battery-draining issue for a long time until Apple finally fixed it with iOS 15.4.1. So the battery draining issue on iOS 16 may not get resolved by Apple until Q4 2022. You can toggle some settings to control the battery drain to a certain extent. Recommend settings are to turn off Background App Refresh and Location Services as these are very power-hungry features. Also, enable the Low Power Mode

Use Low Power Mode

2. iOS 16 App Crashing Issue

Any new iOS version is designed to best work with the latest and updated applications, and iOS 16 is no exception. Hence, many users might encounter app crashes where some apps crash at launch and others while in use. You can get rid of it by updating the outdated apps on your iPhone. If the app is already running on its latest version, you can try deleting and reinstalling it.

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3. iOS 16 Wi-Fi Not Working

Wi-Fi issue has been a common problem for almost every new iOS version. We might see a Wi-Fi connectivity issue on iOS 16, too. This problem can be resolved in three different ways.

  • Try turning ON/OFF the Wi-Fi.
  • Forget the Wi-Fi network and reconnect. To do this, tap on the blue “i” icon on the right and tap on “Forget This Network.”
  • Reset network settings by navigating Settings >General >Transfer or Reset iPhone >Reset >Reset Network Settings.

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4. iOS 16 Touchscreen Unresponsiveness

An unresponsive touchscreen is, by far, the worst nightmare for any smartphone user. And unfortunately, there is no permanent solution to this frustrating problem. But don’t worry; some solutions can fix the issue temporarily.

As previously stated, update any outdated apps on your iPhone. If the problem persists, you can try to force restart your iPhone, which may fix the issue, but only for a limited time. You can hard reset your iPhone using the following procedure:

  • On iPhone 8 or later: Press and quickly release the volume-up button. Do the same with the volume down button. Now press and hold the button and release it once the Apple logo appears.
  • On iPhone 7/7 Plus: Press and hold the volume down button and power button simultaneously and release them once the Apple logo appears.

5. iOS 16 Bluetooth Not Working

Like the Wi-Fi connectivity issue, the Bluetooth connectivity issue has also existed on almost every version of iOS. This issue should not be a surprise for iOS 16. Your iPhone may refuse to connect to other devices via Bluetooth. You may also encounter frequent Bluetooth disconnections. The problem can be resolved by:

  • Turning ON/OFF the Wi-Fi.
  • Forget the Wi-Fi network and reconnect. To do this, tap on the blue “i” icon on the right and tap on “Forget This Network”.
  • Reset network settings by navigating Settings >General >Transfer or Reset iPhone >Reset >Reset Network Settings.

iOS 16 Bluetooth

6. Unable to send text messages to Android users

This is a widespread issue on iOS 16 devices. Users have reported that text messages to Android users are marked as “not delivered.” We have seen this issue in past iOS iterations as well. This is very frustrating, especially when you are an iMessage user. Apple will hopefully acknowledge this issue and fix it with a software update very soon. Meanwhile, you can try the following workarounds:

Method 1: Reset Network Settings to default

  1. Open the settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap Transfer or Reset iPhone and select Reset.
  4. Then, tap Reset Network Settings.

This will reset your network settings. Note that all your network data, including previously used networks and VPN settings, will be erased.

Method 2: Make sure to use the correct country code

When sending a text message, ensure you use the right country code before that number. You can find the code for your country by searching it online.

7. CarPlay Issue

If you’re someone who relies on Apple CarPlay to use your phone in the car, you must have been frustrated with the issues that came with CarPlay after the iOS 16 update. It’s not just you; several other users have also been experiencing the issue.

Unfortunately, Apple has not yet acknowledged the issue, but we hope they are aware of and working on fixing it. Meanwhile, you can try the following fixes:

Method 1: Make sure CarPlay is enabled

  1. On your iPhone, open the Settings app.
  2. Tap General, then CarPlay.
  3. Tap the button next to “Allow CarPlay While Locked.”

Method 2: Make sure CarPlay is not restricted.

  1. On your iPhone, open the Settings app.
  2. Tap Screen Time > Content & Privacy Restrictions > Allowed apps.
  3. Now, check if the toggle next to CarPlay is turned on.

Method 3: Check your CarPlay connection

First, ensure your iPhone is correctly connected to your car’s infotainment system. If you’re using a Lightning cable, ensure it’s plugged into the correct port. If you’re using a wireless connection, make sure that your iPhone is within range and that CarPlay is enabled on your phone and your car’s display.

Method 4: Restart your iPhone

If your iPhone is properly connected, the next step is to restart your iPhone and your car’s infotainment system. This will often fix minor software glitches that can cause CarPlay to stop working.

Method 5: Check for software updates

If restarting doesn’t fix the problem, the next step is to check for any updates. On your iPhone, open the Settings app and go to the General > Software Update section. If there’s an iOS update available, install it and then try using CarPlay again.

These were some common problems that we might face with iOS 16. What are your thoughts on the bugs? Do let us know in the comments. If you want to downgrade from iOS 16 to iOS 16, click here to find out the steps.

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Mehtab is a tech writer at DealNTech, where he covers PC and mobile-related guides and news. He is passionate about helping people understand and use technology to their advantage. In his role at DealNTech, Mehtab focuses on creating informative and engaging content on a variety of PC and mobile-related topics, including Windows, CPU, GPU, and Android. Email: [email protected]. Follow him on X(Twitter)

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69 thoughts on “iOS 16 & 16.5 Problems and Bugs Tracker: How to Fix Them?”

  1. We upgraded two iPad Pros to 16.5 this past week. One will now no longer charge. The other will not find cellular service, and the battery drains very quickly. The Apple Store diagnostics found the first one has bad hardware, and the second has bad hardware in the eSIM. Both had been working fine and treated well before the software upgrade. Apple says they’re out of warranty, and we can replace them for $599. Very disappointing.

  2. After the IOS 16.5 update every day, I find something else which is not working in my iPhone Xs. For the moment what bothers me most is that Airplane Mode became useless and also that my Oxford Dictionary application does not open.

  3. After installing iOS 16.5 on my XS max my screen went black I do receive calls and everything but there’s no display.
    Secondly the keyboard doesn’t allow me to use voiceover mode and emojis.

  4. Since the 16.3.1 update, Face ID does not work. I have deleted my old one and am trying to trigger it to work again. Have rebooted, changed settings and reset settings. It has to be a system issue as my camera now works 1 out of 5 times opening it. It started as soon as I updated it.

  5. I upgraded to 16.3.1 recently, and now I have woken up twice at 3 AM (EET) as my iPhone (I assume it’s my phone) connects to the living room TV soundbar (Samsung) and plays music for 3-5 secs. Like empties some spotify buffer… Not funny when fully asleep! I paired my phone with that soundbar, but the soundbar was off, and the connection was not active in the evening. Tested that establishing a BT connection to the soundbar starts it in BT mode. Didn’t diagnose that deeply at night.

    Has anybody else encountered similar issues?

  6. After updating to 16.3.1, the Safe Harbor Game apps won’t work. They open, but then the screen freezes. I have tried resetting and uninstalling. The app developer isn’t having an issue and has the same version.

  7. After ios 16.1.3 upgrade, my right airpod pro has no audio. I think the hardware is good
    because it works fine when paired to my iPhone 13 pro instead of the iPad pro.

  8. Does anyone encounter a bug where their phone suddenly wakes up like some ghost touched the screen or something? I’ve been experiencing this since updating to iOS 16.3 and 16.3.1. And also, the wifi gets disconnected automatically, like, what?

    • After updating to iOS 16.3.1, my Gmail stopped reflecting the changes I made on my phone. Emails I’ve read or deleted on my iPhone are showing as unread on the server. Before the update, every action on the iPhone was reflected on the server.

  9. When I make an outgoing call, while on the call, the screen goes black, and I can never get the screen to come back on, the call continues, but I can’t hang up or anything with the dark screen. The phone will not respond to trying to reset hard. The only thing I have found to work is to pop the sim card out. Then the screen comes on.

  10. My iPhone xs has an Unresponsive touch screen until the phone is restarted with the help of volume buttons and side buttons. Is this a hardware issue or a software issue? What should I do? What is its permanent solution it happens one time a day?

    • I also am having issues getting my hotspot to work. I’ve tried everything I was told to do. Absolutely nothing works. Even in the Wifi tab, under others can not find the network. Terrible

  11. Since updating to 16, I don’t receive ALL incoming phone calls. It looks like I’m randomly revering some calls. But Also people are telling me their calls are going straight to my voicemail. I look at my call log some calls Come through, and others are red as if I missed the calls. This is all I’m noticing at the moment. This is extremely frustrating, I’m a mom, and I can’t be missing calls in case of an emergency. Please help

    • Hi, Seem to get the same issue, that’s bad for business. I bought 3 handsets iPhone 12 Pro for me, and the staff had no issue. Once we updated to ios 16, nothing but heartache, the top of touch screen not working correctly, and calls being dropped, And the best was the new passcode entered, but the phone wouldn’t accept the code. User experience on iPhones after a year is becoming very poor; once you update, they get even worse. We have now opted for android as the cost of an iPhone isn’t worth it

      • I figured out the issue. I would never switch. I wouldn’t say I like all those other phones. But the update shut off my messages notifications. I just thought that maybe that’s what happened, and sure enough, I opened notifications in my settings menu, and the messages toggle switch was off. I never went into the menu to turn them off, so it had to be part of the update, but I haven’t had an issue since.

  12. Immediately after upgrading to 16.2 on my iPhone 12, the calendar immediately closes without updating when I try to edit an event detail on my iPhone Calendar.

  13. The group are now list. The list reverts back to all.contacts when trying to text a list (former group). It is aggravating to start over each time when sending a list the same text message.

  14. Since the iOS 16 update, my Gmail app has put any new incoming email in the “bin” (trash) if I click on an incoming Gmail notification. No issue on the other phone running on iOS15.

  15. My calendar events now are repeated for all day multiple times with new iOS 16.1.1, how can I solve it? I even try to delete the event completely and is not possible

  16. Apple auto updated my iPhone (Xr) to 16.1.1 and my MacBook Pro (OS High Sierra 10.13.6) will no longer recognize my phone. Have tried restarting everything. The MacBook is where I keep all my music; I selectively move songs on and off my phone.

  17. Since updating to 16.1.1, I have received SMS after up to 8 or 9 hours; it also happens with occasional SMS. I spoke to apple support, who told me it is most likely a carrier issue. I rang my telco, who informed me that there are no restrictions on my account and all settings show that I should be able to send and receive both types. I have an iPhone XR, and until three days ago, it worked fine. It’s frustrating; if you can help, that would be great.

  18. Since the iOS 16 update, when I try to print across my wifi to my Epson printer, everything from a website defaults to 4×6. I have printed this way successfully (default paper size A4) for years, and my husband’s iPhone, which has not updated, is still working fine (defaulting to A4, which mine always did before the update). I have an iPhone 11 Pro Max and iPad Pro 1.5 inch. It is happening on both (both updated). When the print dialog window opens, it is correct for a split second (A4 default) but then quickly goes to 4×6 paper size. Again, everything else is working as before with my wifi printer except websites I try to print from on both my devices. I was hoping the 16.1.1 would fix it, but it did not.

  19. I just updated my phone to 16.1.1. My Lock Screen is all black instead of the set picture. And also, my Face ID won’t recognize me. I reset my Face ID, and it still won’t recognize me. I can’t use it to unlock my phone or open any of my apps.

  20. Several apps won’t load past their loading screen, and iTunes and the app store won’t open, they just load forever after the 16.1 update. I had the same issues when I installed 16; they eventually started working independently.

  21. After installing the latest update to ios 16 my background wallpaper is gone and the screen is all black, also my social media apps don’t get all of the updates from my friends, both facebook and instagram stories and posts don’t show. Both of these apps have also been updated after installing the latest ios 16

    • Prior to IOS 16, when reading the News on my iPhone 8, there would be a box appearing on the top of the screen indicating there was new content. I would continue reading the news and then go back to see the new content. With IOS 16 if there is new content, then go back to the iPhone home page and start all over again. I then have to scroll down to where I left off to continue reading to have the same thing happen again and again.

  22. I recently updated my mother’s phone, which is on the same apple account as my aunt has had, No problems till I updated her phone to iOS 16, now she can’t receive any messages, it goes to my aunt, which is a completely different number.

  23. Dear Apple,
    I am a devout user of your products and am currently an iPhone 12 pro max owner, as my wife is an iPhone 11 pro max user. We were able to download the latest update of ios 16.1, and we have both been experiencing wifi crashes. It crashes or disconnects within a few seconds, then it comes back on, then again within a few seconds, then comes back on for maybe a few minutes, and then crashes again. It is quite frustrating and annoying when you are online working on something. How do I resolve this issue, please, before I switch over to something else?

    • I have tried resetting it, but it does nothing. I have tried all the solutions in this article, and it is still doing the same thing: dropping the wifi connections and picking back up a few seconds later. I also checked with my wifi provider, and there is nothing wrong with it. My kid’s devices are still working fine, and those are androids. Please fix it!

  24. Good Lord what a mess this update is! I can’t post comments on FB, can’t update any app, holding photos hostage so that using 2 photos is like cutting an arm off is ridiculous!! Doesn’t sync with my Garmin watch. WTH?
    This is supposed to be an EASY phone to use -forget that claim. May as well go to Android
    FIX THIS, Please

  25. Wifi isn’t connecting however it is showing as connected on my wifi settings on my phone, tried absolutely everything and Apple are useless telling me to connect to a computer and force restart force a new install.

  26. iMessages send as texts. Have done all the “fixes”, have been on phone with apple 5 times & they were of no help & act like they don’t even know what iMessages are. Sometimes the texts disappear completely to reappeared hours/days later. I switched back to apple after being with an android for a few years & this is frustrating with no help available.

  27. Geofencing in HomeKit no longer works after moving to iOS 16 and 16.02 on iPhone and AppleTV 4th gen (tvOS 16.0) – you have to be in the house for it to eventually detect you are home – please fix Apple! Used to work fine.

  28. Messaging app keeps opening up on conversations instead of the main page. Not even of a conversation I had with someone that day.
    Also, the notification option for which way they appear isn’t doing the one I want and just defaults to the “scrolling up” to show notifications.

  29. Since upgrading to ios 16 , iphone 13 overheat when plugged to carplay with cable.
    There is an alert of overheating on the screen and it stops charging.
    It happens also on short distances drive.

  30. I upgraded on my iphone 8 and now I cannot forward photos or files from my phone. If I try to send an email, it never gets sent and if I try to send it to another app, like Slack, it never opens the app.

  31. As of 9/18/22 @ 2:46 PM EST, banking app is still not working. I’m sure it is the IOS 16 upgrade as I can access my account with an old iPhone 7, an old iPad, and my Windows computer but not with my iPhone 11 since the IOS 16.0 upgrade. This is a major problem as I am heavily dependent on mobile check deposits so I must now either be home and connected to my own wifi or else carry two devices and use one of the old ones to connect to someone else’s wifi in order to deposit rent checks and checks from customers.

  32. After installing the iOS 16 , it didn’t give me the features of editing my text messages up 15 mins after being sent. As matter of fact , it doesn’t even reference editing option at all. However, the email feature appears to work fine.

  33. Thumbnails not showing at all for new downloads in Clockology app. Also in Clockology app the location is wrong. I live in Germantown and location now shows sometimes as Clarksburg and sometimes as Boyds. I don’t live in either location.


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